THE INTERROGATION OF GABRIEL JAMES by Charlie Price (FSG, August 2010) is a quick, intense read. Price wrote DEAD CONNECTION and LIZARD PEOPLE and if you do not know these two, you do need to read them also. Gabriel James is witness, material witness to two murders and a whole passel of trouble (as we say in Texas). The novel, told in flashback, begins with Gabe's attendance at a funeral and his thinking about how quickly things changed in his life. Bit by bit, his story is pried from him. Gabe is careful not to reveal too much. The detectives must ask the right probing questions to get the pieces of the story: the drug dealers, the crazy son of a former cult leader, the beating of a vagrant, and his own involvement in it all. While this will definitely appeal to reluctant readers due to the story line and the great cover and the shortness (168 pp), it is also a terrific book to offer avid readers looking for form and format and style. Price will not disappoint.
READING LADDER RUNG POSSIBILITIES:
RAG AND BONE SHOP
THE NIGHT MY SISTER WENT MISSING
THE BODY OF CHRISTOPHER CREED
Now, I must do some grading. I will write about the second book tomorrow when I grab the chance. BTW, I just read a brochure in the room that described some of the critters here and included scary spiders and scorpions. Now I am thinking I will sleep with shoes on and long sleeves and blankets pulled up. Eek!